Crape Murdel - Knowledgebase Question

Dallas, TX (Zone 8A)
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Question by yolandarodr
June 6, 2006
I have a crape murdel and will not grow any flowers for the last five years.

Answer from NGA
June 6, 2006

Crape myrtles need lots of sun to bloom well. They also prefer to have a bit of water to keep them vigorous. Some varieties are slower to start blooming than others.

If your plants are in full sun and have not yet bloomed in 5 years I suggest you fertilize them with a cup of 15-5-10 or similar fertilizer in an 8 foot diameter area beneath each plant (4 feet out from the trunk in all directions). Also give them a good soaking once a week. If they used to bloom they may benefit from some pruning this winter to encourage vigorous regrowth.

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